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Early this afternoon, Major League Baseball blinked.

The Boston Red Sox had threatened not to play in today's exhibition game against Toronto and further, not to board the plane for Japan for their games against Oakland if MLB did not honor what the Red Sox said was a commitment to pay coaches the same $40,000 that was promised to the players for the Japan trip. The coaches will be getting their money. Here's the story.

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The players learned only within the last couple of days that the coaches -- who make far less than the players -- would not be getting the cash. Players, such as pitcher Curt Schilling, and manager Terry Francona said that the agreement all along was that the coaches would get the same compensation as the players. That had been the case on previous overseas trips for other teams. The Boston players voted this morning to boycott the exhibition game and refuse to board the plane unless the situation was resolved. It finally was sometime after noon.

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